The American Dreamwright’s Workshop
The American Dreamwright’s Workshop is the Z’s resident community of playwrights. The workshop meets twice monthly throughout the year. Workshop members enjoy special access to the Z’s Hatchery productions and other associated playwrights. The workshop is open to anyone wishing to explore dramatic writing, regardless of experience level.
The workshop meets on the following dates in the 2019-20 season:
14 September · 19 October · 2 November · 16 November · 7 December · 21 December
11 January · 25 January · 8 February · 29 February · 14 March · 28 March · 11 April · 25 April
9 May · 23 May
All meetings are at 10 AM in the main lobby of the Z.
September and October have one meeting each due to member involvement in the Z’s annual Proteus Festival. The bulk of the new theater works presented at Proteus come from the workshop’s writers. Additionally, the workshop’s season ends with “Works in Progress” in June. “Works in Progress” features fully-staged scenes from new pieces the writers have developed over the previous year.
The workshop’s leaders are Clyde Santana, Jean Klein, and Marcieanna Klaustermyer. Special guests in the coming season include Faye Chao & Tascha Solmon, writers of the musical “Fountain of You” and members of the BMI Lehman Engel workshop; and Anton Dudley & Michael Cooper, writers of the newly-commissioned musical “Remembering Tomorrow.”
Members of the workshop are vital constituents of the Z’s theatrical community. As such, each Hatchery production hosts events for workshop members, and members enjoy special access to other theatrical productions throughout the season. This season’s events include the following:
1 November: Grotesquerie Lake, 7:30 PM (part of The Hatchery)
23 November: Basses Are Loaded, 7:30 PM (part of The Hatchery)
23 January: Preview night of St. Irene’s, 7:30 PM (part of The Hatchery)
19 February: Macbeth, 7:30 PM (part of “No Holds Bard” Shakespeare Festival)
13 March: Remembering Tomorrow, 7:30 PM (part of The Hatchery)
9 April: Next to Normal, 7:30 PM (co-production with Virginia Musical Theatre and the Governor’s School for the Arts)